To gain insight into the evolution of ectomycorrhizal symbiosis, as well as truffle lifestyle, within the Pezizomycetes, we sequenced symbiotic truffle-forming species and compared their genomes to saprotrophic fungal species.
The reconstruction of ancient environments depends on proxies from earth and climate science combined with animal and plant fossils. No single proxy will tell the whole story. Or so you’d think.
In our recent paper, my co-author Pascal Niklaus and I describe a journey to the genetic roots of poorly understood ecological phenomena.
We don’t know how many times we got lost in the forests...